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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
08040570990
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Tourists ruin this

That's it. Learn how to behave. (Especially asian tourists...) Don't go too near! Stay back and... read more

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tee s
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Helsinki, Finland
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Alms Giving Ceremony

At dawn 5.30 am, 150 - 160 monks from 14 temples collecting alms from the locals and tourist along... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
teepatee
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Taiping, Malaysia
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

That's it. Learn how to behave. (Especially asian tourists...) Don't go too near! Stay back and take photographs without flash!

Thank tee s
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

At dawn 5.30 am, 150 - 160 monks from 14 temples collecting alms from the locals and tourist along the main road, Susavangvong Road . Tourists who make up the majority of the alms -givers seated on plastic stools participating along the main road. Basket...More

Thank teepatee
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Yes, the ceremony is something cultural to see, but only if you can extract all the tourists taking up close flash photography, regardless of the numerous signs explaining how to behave during the ceremony! See pictures below. You have been warned... To avoid the major...More

Thank Brian-n-Genn
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been to the morning alms round in Luang Prabang years ago and was looking forward to experience it again on this trip. What a disappointment. It's become a mass tourist thing and is extremely disturbing to the monks. Despite all the posters, signs and...More

Thank Asian_Wanderer888
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got up pretty early to see the call to alms but we were disapointed by the horde of tourist paparazzis besides the monks. Interesting to see them keep tradition.

Thank Mgiaco
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To all tourists: The monk ceremony is a beautiful historical ceremony on ealry monings, but I experienced people being very rude with their cameras and not showing respect to the tradition itself. Do not make the monks feel like being animals in a zoo, but...More

Thank I H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gongs can be heard in the silence of daybreak across the town of Luang Prabang as Monks prepare for their morning Alms. They proceed from the sanctuary of their quarters from the many temples in the town in silent single file processions to accept food...More

Thank jqui3166
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A worth while 5.30am rising to watch the ceremony. Just a word of advice the locals make up bundles of rice and foods at a fraction of the price that the hotels offer ($6 US) as opposed to $1 locals.

Thank Anita016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There will be a Alms Giving Ceremony at 5:30 am early morning. You don’t need a guide to Alms Giving Ceremony. You can go by yourself. Just go to the main road in 5:30 am, there will be alot of ladies who sell the sticky...More

Thank Ponnypon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang is an old Laotian Buddhist ritual. It is definitely worth seeing and photographs are allowed; however please show respect to the monks as well as to the alms givers.

Thank fiamma11
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RozW
23 May 2017|
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Response from paul216x |
About 5.30 or earlier I think it depends on the sunrise and time of year. Please dress respectfully this means shoulders and legs covered, keep your distance and don't get in the way of the monks, don't flash cameras in... More
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RozW
23 May 2017|
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Response from Steve M | Reviewed this property |
We went to Sakkaline Rd which is the main Rd in town. The further up the road you walk towards the river the quieter it seemed to get in terms of tourists. 6:00 start or there abouts.
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travelbiz_11
22 January 2017|
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Response from rjt33 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I organised a guide through Exo travel, he was excellent. You don't need a guide, it's an easy place to get around and plenty of local tour companies. It helped me as I got more insight into the local attractions.
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